Investigation of visual management cases in construction by an analytical framework from manufacturing

K. Murata, K. Nakajima, K. Kinoshita, A. Tezel, L. Koskela, P. Tzortzopoulos, H. Katayama

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Along with the progress of globalization, speed and efficiency have become more critical for any industry than ever before. In this sense, the concept and methods of lean management, promoting these performances, have been deployed from manufacturing, its origin industry, to other industries. This paper deals with this management style in the construction industry, called lean construction. In particular, visual management (VM) as one effective tool in this scheme is focused on. A number of VM cases, 306 in total, was collected from both construction and manufacturing sites and investigated by the so-called 5W1H analytical framework developed in the manufacturing industry. Obtained results suggest that the VM cases in construction have common attributes such as purpose and location, target to attain, users' attributes, timing to use and elemental technologies for case development. A comparison analysis of the VM cases from construction and those from manufacturing was also carried out, for a mutual transfer of this technology between these industries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - CIE 45: 2015 International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering
PublisherUniversite de Lorraine
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event45th International Conference on Computers & Industrial Engineering - Université de Lorraine, Metz, France
Duration: 28 Oct 201530 Oct 2015
Conference number: 45 (Link to Conference Website)


Conference45th International Conference on Computers & Industrial Engineering
Abbreviated titleCIE45
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